Snow Falls

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"Snow Falls"
Once Upon a Time episode
Onceuponsnowfalls.jpg
Prince Charming (Dallas) and Snow White (Goodwin) meet for the first time
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 3
Directed byDean White
Written byLiz Tigelaar
Original air dateNovember 6, 2011
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"Snow Falls"
Once Upon a Time episode
Onceuponsnowfalls.jpg
Prince Charming (Dallas) and Snow White (Goodwin) meet for the first time
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 3
Directed byDean White
Written byLiz Tigelaar
Original air dateNovember 6, 2011
Guest actors
Episode chronology
← Previous
"The Thing You Love Most"
Next →
"The Price of Gold"

Once Upon a Time (season 1)
List of Once Upon a Time episodes

"Snow Falls" is the third episode of the American Fairy tale/drama television series Once Upon a Time, which aired in the United States on ABC on November 6, 2011.

The series takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are actually characters from various fairy tales that were transported to the "real world" town by a powerful curse. This episode centers on Emma being convinced by Henry to get Mary Margeret to read the fairy tales to a comatose John Doe in an effort to see if he remembers his past, which parallels with how the Prince first met Snow White.

It was written by Liz Tigelaar, while being directed by Dean White.

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Plot [edit]

In the Characters' Pasts [edit]

The story begins in the Enchanted Forest, where a guarded carriage carrying Prince Charming (Joshua Dallas) and his fiancee, Abigail (Anastasia Griffith), is halted by a roadblock. When Charming checks out the tree that was blocking the road, he notices it was cut on purpose. The carriage is ambushed by a hooded vagabond, who takes the bag carrying the valuables, including the wedding ring. When Charming sees the thief take off, he chases the mysterious vagabond and knocks them off the horse. As he examines the identity of the thief, he uncovers the hooded scarf to discover it is a woman... Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). Before he can get an answer as to why she stole the valuables, Snow hits him with a rock, surprising and cutting him to make her escape. Charming promises that he will find her.

And find her he does; just as Snow steps out of her hideout with the stolen goods, she is netted by Charming in a trap. Snow begins to demand Charming release her from the trap, but Charming asks what happened to the items and how he can retrieve them. Snow reluctantly agrees. Charming releases her so she can lead him to where she sold the jewels. Along the way, Charming discovers a wanted poster of Snow in her bag. Snow claims The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) blames her for ruining her life. Charming asks if this is true and she admits it is. As they reach a river, Snow once again tricks Charming and escapes again, only to be captured moments later, this time by The Queen's henchmen. Their orders are to cut out Snow's heart and fetch it to The Queen. When Charming sees this, he attacks the henchmen with his sword, killing two. But one gets away with Snow. Charming then quickly dispatches an arrow, killing the runaway antagonist. Now that he has saved Snow, she decides to trust him, and agrees to lead him to the place where she sold the items.

As they reach a bridge that was damaged, Snow tells Charming that this was the place where she sold the items to a group of trolls. When she asks them if she can have only the ring back and is willing to pay them for it, the trolls become suspicious and discover the wanted poster of Snow and get a whiff of Charming (as they see him as a royal and more valuable), leading to a battle that results in Snow coming to Charming's rescue by using fairy dust that she carries on her neck to turn the trolls into bugs. Charming is surprised that Snow saved him, but she wants to repay him for saving her life before with the henchmen. As she hands him back the items, including the wedding ring, Snow looks at the ring, then places it on her finger before handing it back to him as they go their separate ways.

In Storybrooke [edit]

In the present day, during a night out with Dr. Whale (David Anders), Mary Margaret (Goodwin) tries to make a little conversation with him, but he seems to be noticing Ruby (Meghan Ory) a lot more, prompting Mary Margaret to leave the cafe by herself. As she walks back to her apartment, she notices Emma (Jennifer Morrison) in her car reading a newspaper searching for a place to stay, which pleases Mary Margaret now that Emma has decided to stay and offers her a spare room at her apartment if she wanted it. The following day, Mary Margaret notices Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) looking at John Doe (Dallas) while they are setting up decorations at the hospital. Henry believes that John Doe is Prince Charming and Mary is his Snow White, and wants her to read from the storybook to him, convinced that it will wake him up. Emma convinces Mary Margaret to go along with Henry's wishes so that they can show him the stories aren't real after all.

At the hospital, Mary Margaret reads the stories to the patient for a while, until his hand grabs hers, shocking Mary Margaret. She then gets Dr. Whale and tells him that he might be waking up, but the doctor does not believe that the patient actually grabbed her hand; he states that Mary Margaret must have dozed off. After she leaves, Dr. Whale calls Regina (Parrilla), as he had been instructed to do lest there be a change in John Doe's state, revealing that he had been lying to Mary Margaret. The next day, Emma, Henry and Mary Margaret stop by the hospital to see him, only to discover that he has left on his own and might be bleeding. Regina and Sheriff Graham (Dornan) have also shown up, since Regina is the emergency contact for John Doe. She claims that she had found him, herself, on the side of the road unconscious without any memory of what or who he was. As Regina takes Henry home, Emma, Mary Margaret and the sheriff decide to investigate what happened, so they pay a visit to the security room. They encounter the janitor Leroy (Lee Arenberg), and the security guard, Walter, who was sleeping on the job (since he is actually Sleepy), and forgot to update the surveillance tape, which Emma takes care of and discovers that the patient went out into the woods.

As Emma, Mary Margaret, and the sheriff search the wooded area for him, they are joined by Henry, who knows why he left the hospital, which was to search for Mary Margaret. They later discover the patient lying near a bridge that reads "Toll Bridge" and as expected (just like what Snow did when she saved the Prince from the trolls at the bridge), Mary Margaret revives him. As they take him back to the hospital, Regina shows up with a woman who rushed into his arms, and tells them that the woman, Kathryn (Griffith), is his wife and that his name is David Nolan. This news devastates MaryMargaret (who, it is revealed, is wearing the same ring Prince Charming and Snow White rescued from the trolls). This makes Emma more suspicious of Regina as to how and when the Mayor managed to find his wife and questioned why Kathryn never bothered to search for him before. Although Regina gives Emma her reasons regarding David by claiming that she had found past hospital surveillance tapes that had David mentioning Kathryn's name in his sleep, Emma still believes that Regina was hiding the truth, but takes Regina at her word for now. Later that evening, Emma arrives at Mary's place and agrees to take up the offer of staying with the teacher.

Opening Sequence [edit]

A troll is featured in the forest.

Production [edit]

The episode was written by co-executive producer Liz Tigelaar, while being directed by The Shield veteran Dean White.[1]

In the scene in which Snow White is captured by The Queen's henchmen, actress Ginnifer Goodwin tweeted that the horse ran right into her, sending her flying and injuring her hand and face.[2] Goodwin also commented that co-star Jennifer Morrison taught her to perform CPR during a scene with Josh Dallas, as Morrison learned the procedure while she was a regular on House M.D.[3]

Reception [edit]

Ratings [edit]

Despite being off 5% from the second airing as well as the only ABC program to retain its double digit lead, the episode continued the series' dominance in the Sunday night 8PM timeslot, placing a 3.7 among 18-49s and a 6.6/10 overall with 11.4 million viewers tuning in. It ranked second in its timeslot behind Football Night In America on NBC but ahead of The Simpsons on FOX and The Amazing Race on CBS.[4][5]

In Canada, the episode was watched by 1.732 million viewers, a rise from the previous episode's 1.44 million. The show ranked 16th overall for the week.[6]

Reviews [edit]

In a blog from Zap2it, Andrea Reiher cites this episode as one of the best since the pilot, stating "If they continue to be this good, this show should be in for a long run."[7] In a review from TV Fanatic, writer C. Orlando had excellent comments, proclaiming that "..."Snow Falls" had me on the edge of my seat and enjoying the ride."[8]

IGN's Amy Ratcliffe gave "Snow Falls" a score of 8 out of 10, feeling that "Goodwin stole the show". She was pleased that Snow White was "not an innocent, doe-eyed girl".[9] Shaunna Murphy of Entertainment Weekly cited "Snow Falls" as evidence that the show was continuing down the "fortunate path of getting better each week". Murphy was interested in Sheriff Graham, speculating that he might be the Huntsman from Snow White, which would be a "good, complicated role for him".[10] The A.V. Club reviewer Oliver Sava was less positive, giving the episode a grade of C-. He was pleased the plot moved forward, but felt the execution did not work; he cited the "major problems" of "the lack of any sort of subtlety, nonsensical story developments, and Henry". Sava derided the "corny dialogue" and use of flashbacks, but wrote that the "best thing" about the episode was the introduction of Dr. Whale and Catherine Nolan, and also praised the acting.[11]

References [edit]

  1. ^ "Once Upon a Time: "Snow Falls"". The Futon Critic. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ from Ginnifer Goodwin's Twitter account
  3. ^ from Ginnifer Goodwin's Twitter account
  4. ^ "TV ratings: 'Once Upon a Time' solid again Sunday, NFL scores for NBC". Zap2it. November 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time' Falls, But Not Far; Ravens-Steelers Dominates Night". TV By The Numbers. November 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://bbm.ca/_documents/top_30_tv_programs_english/2011/nat10312011.pdf
  7. ^ "'Once Upon a Time': Snow falls in love". Zap2it. November 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Once Upon a Time Review: A Snow White Worth Fighting For". TV Fanatic. November 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ Ratcliffe, Amy (November 7, 2011). "Once Upon a Time: "Snow Falls" Review". IGN. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ Murphy, Shaunna (November 7, 2011). "'Once Upon a Time' recap: The Woods Are Lovely, Dark, And Deep". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ Sava, Oliver (November 6, 2011). "Snow Falls". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 18, 2012.